Most Ridiculous Things Celebrities Demand Backstage

We guess they call them divas for a reason! When big-time celebrities bring their shows on the road, they send a list of things they demand in their dressing rooms upon arrival. Whether it’s a plate of fresh-cut crudités, 1 fake tree on wheels, or coconuts cut in half and hollowed out for the musicians’ bras, these stars top the list for the most ridiculous things celebrities demand backstage!

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake is bringing “Sexy Back” but not before his dressing room is thoroughly disinfected! Picks from Justin’s List of Demands:

  • He must not have to share an elevator with anyone when on tour or at a party.
  • He and his entourage must have the entire floor to themselves at hotels.
  • Every hotel room, backstage area, and greenroom he’s in must be disinfected every two hours.

Justin Bieber

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We were hoping Justin Bieber’s list would have started with “Yummy Peaches.” Unfortunately, it just starts with water. But it does get better from there! Picks from Justin’s List:

  • 2 Cases of water, on ice
  • 1 Professional quality iron and ironing board
  • 1 Professional quality steamer
  • 1 Vicks steam inhaler
  • Star MUST have a private bathroom.

Sir Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney is alive and well! Just ask the production teams that have to find his “6 full and leafy floor plants.” We wonder what happens if the leaves aren’t exactly as full as he was hoping? Would he just “Let It Be”? Picks from Paul’s List:

  • Do not provide furniture made of any animal skin or print.
  • Do not provide artificial versions of animal skin or print either.
  • No leather seating in the limousine.
  • 20 Dozen clean towels, placed outside the production office
  • 6 Full and leafy floor plants. No trees. We want plants that are just as full on the bottom as they are on the top, such as palm, bamboo, peace lilies, etc. No tree trunks!

Why in the world would anyone ever need 240 towels? That just seems excessive, but then again, we weren’t a member of The Beatles, so what do we know?


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Does Eminem begin his list of demands with the words, “Your venue would be so empty without me…and all of these things I like to eat?” We common folk may never know. Picks from Eminem’s List:

  • 25-Pound dumbbells
  • 6 Lunchables snacks (3 turkey & 3 ham with cheese)
  • 1 Jar of banana pepper rings
  • 1 Platter of large, fresh jumbo shrimps with cocktail sauce and plenty of lemons
  • 6 Cans of Red Bull
  • 16 Cans of sugar-free Red Bull

Alicia Keys

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If Alicia Keys “Ain’t Got” her Glade candles, Alicia Keys ain’t singin’. Picks from Alicia’s List:

  • 7 sets of metal silverware
  • 3 Glade candles (French vanilla, rainshower, wild berry, or tangerine ginger)
  • 3 Cans of chunk white tuna
  • 6 Individual packets of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal (brown sugar and apple cinnamon)
  • 10 Nutri-Grain Bars (blueberry, cherry, apple, strawberry)
  • 3 Menus from local seafood and Italian restaurants to order meals for Alicia
  • 2 Cases of beer (one imported and one domestic; brands preferred: Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, or a local beer)

Will Ferrell

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Out of all the demands and all these celebrities, we think Will’s list best reflects his sense of humor. One rainbow on wheels? We love you, Will. Picks from Will’s List:

  • Guinness beer
  • Raw, roasted almonds
  • 1 Electric three-wheel mobility scooter
  • 1 headset microphone (Janet Jackson style)
  • 1 flight of stairs on wheels
  • 1 fake tree on wheels
  • 1 rainbow (can be painted on canvas) on wheels

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga’s list is surprisingly low-key. Hot dogs, a smoothie station, and Kendall-Jackson wine? Okay, Lady. We can hang with you. Picks from Lady Gaga’s List:

  • 1 Cushioned, office-style chair
  • 1 TV with cable and a DVD player
  • 3 Fans
  • 1 Plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty on ice) with whole wheat/healthy crackers
  • Hot dogs — Yves Veggie Dogs with toothpicks
  • 1 Smoothie station, including a blender, frozen berries, and whey protein or non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Bottles of white wine with a wine opener — Kendall-Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred


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Jay-Z wants to remain “Young Forever,” just like the rest of us. He also loves a good quality PB&J like the rest of us. We’re not sure why he needs 7 dressing rooms, but maybe he likes to use one dressing room per item of clothing? Picks from Jay-Z’s List:

  • 48 Bottles of FIJI Water — 24 cold, 24 room temperature
  • 6 Cans of Coca-Cola
  • 6 Bottles of Vitamin Water
  • 7 Dressing rooms — all room temperatures set at 72 degrees
  • 1 Jar of good quality peanut butter
  • 1 Jar of good quality grape jelly
  • Hot tea service for 4 people. Setup to include a hot water kettle, plus ceramic and disposable cups.

Taylor Swift

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We wonder if Taylor would just “Shake It Off” if her demands weren’t met. Somehow, we doubt it. Picks from Taylor’s List:

If arriving before 11 a.m., the following from Starbucks:

  • 1 Grande iced Caramel Latte w/ 2 Sweet-N Lows
  • 1 Grande iced Americano w/ 2 Sweet-N Lows and soy milk
  • 1 slice of pumpkin loaf

Additional requests:

  • 1 Bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice
  • 1 Bag of Twizzlers red licorice
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Stick of butter
  • 3 Boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
  • 2 Pints of Ben & Jerry’s — 1 chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, 1 chocolate brownie frozen yogurt

Blake Shelton

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Wherever he goes in “God’s Country,” Blake is a man of simple tastes. Miller Lite, Bud Light, and beef jerky. He’s our kind of guy. Picks from Blake’s List:

  • 1 Bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee
  • 9 Packs of Blue Orbit gum
  • 1 Bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Minis
  • 1 Package of peppered or teriyaki beef jerky
  • 1 Case of Bud Light (cans only)
  • 1 Case of Miller Lite (cans only)
  • 2 Bottles of Bacardi Superior Rum

Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera hit the music scene in the 1990s and no one has been able to put that “Genie in a Bottle” ever since! Picks from Christina’s List:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Soy cheese
  • Nesquik
  • Flinstones Vitamins
  • Organic food spread without plastic or Styrofoam (for environmental reasons)

Katy Perry

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We guess Katy didn’t ask for “Harleys in Hawaii” because she already has a few. According to her list, what she doesn’t already have is a jar of salsa. Lucky for her, she can just ask for one! Picks from Katy’s List:

  • 1 Box of Huggies natural care wipes
  • 2 bottles of Santa Margarita pinot grigio
  • 1 Jar of salsa
  • Baked tortilla chips — blue corn if possible
  • Snyder’s of Hanover honey mustard & onion pretzels
  • Arrangement of fresh flowers, such as white & purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses, and peonies. ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS!


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When Adele says “Hello” to any new venue, she doesn’t think boiling water and tea is too much to ask. Our question is whether she threatens to “Set Fire to the Rain” if her demands aren’t met. Picks from Adele’s List:

  • 1 Electric kettle for boiling water
  • 2 Squeezy bottles clear honey, not organic
  • 6 Metal teaspoons
  • 6 Large mugs for tea. All mugs should be new, washed, and dried.
  • 1 Small plate of individually wrapped sandwiches, assorted and freshly made. Sandwiches can include chicken salad. Sandwiches must NOT contain tomatoes, vinegar, chili, or citrus fruit.

Kanye West

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Oh, Kanye. We hope no one is so “Heartless” as to forget to provide anything on your list. Picks from Kanye’s List:

  • 1 Bowl of Sunkist salted pistachio nuts (no red coloring)
  • 4 small Yoplait Yogurt
  • 1 Box of toothpicks
  • 1 750 mL bottle of Hennessy
  • 1 750 mL bottle of SKYY or Absolut Vodka
  • 1 Bottle of Patrón silver tequila
  • 24 Bottles of Heineken beer


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As far as we’re concerned, Rihanna deserves whatever she asks for. Whether it’s “Diamonds” or an “Umbrella,” may all her dressing rooms be full of things she loves! Picks from Rihanna’s List:

  • Adequate lighting for a “relaxed atmosphere.”
  • White drapes to cover lockers and/or brick.
  • Additional pipe and drape in black or dark blue, with icy blue chiffon draped nicely on top.
  • 1 Large, plush throw rug in animal print (cheetah, leopard). Must be CLEAN, as Rihanna will walk on it barefoot.
  • 4 Small, clear, square vases with filled white tulips, no foliage. If unavailable, please use white Casa Blanca lilies or white freesia.

Nicki Minaj

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We assumed one of the first things on Nicki’s list would be a “Starship.” Alas, it’s only fried chicken. That seems more doable. Picks from Nicki’s List:

  • Spicy fried chicken wings
  • A cheese platter
  • Chewing gum
  • Candles that smell like baked goods


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We all know that Beyoncé is the Queen, always. As the Queen, she has certain needs that must be fulfilled! Picks from Beyoncé’s List:

  • Juicy baked chicken: legs, wings, & breasts only — HEAVILY SEASONED!! Please season with fresh garlic, seasoning salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Steamed spinach — lightly seasoned.
  • Dressing room should be set to 78 degrees.
  • 1 Hot tea set up — please provide a NEW coffee pot.


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If you don’t get Drake some Heineken and Nivea lip balm, you’re gonna have some “Trust Issues.” Picks from Drake’s List:

  • 1 Pack of Dutch Master President cigars
  • Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap
  • Nivea lip balm
  • 4 Dozen natural-scented incense sticks
  • Heineken
  • Patrón silver tequila
  • Bottles of Jack Daniel’s

Jack White

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Jack White asks for the same things “Over and Over and Over.” And he gets them! Picks from Jack’s List:

  • 1 Dozen chicken wings (buffalo, teriyaki, surprise us!)
  • 1 Bowl of fresh, homemade guacamole (please follow the provided recipe)
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously.)
  • 1 iPod speaker with sufficient volume control
  • NO fluorescent lighting!

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey is a talented singer who knows what she wants. If her list of demands is any indication, “All I Want for Christmas is You…and this entire list of things” will probably be Mariah’s next big hit. Picks from Mariah’s List:

  • Fried chicken (warm)
  • 12 Vanilla protein drinks
  • 12 Gatorades — melon flavor
  • 20 White kittens and 100 doves
  • 2 Vases of white roses
  • 4 Jo Malone vanilla candles


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Madonna is the ultimate “Material Girl.” As such, she’s gotta have her personal chef and a 200-person entourage. Don’t question her methods. Picks from Madonna’s List:

  • 20 International phone lines
  • A 200-person entourage.
  • A personal chef who prepares only vegan foods.
  • Her own dry-cleaning service.
  • Special flower-scented fabric.
  • Her backstage room must look exactly like her own home, meaning she ships her furniture when touring.

Mary J. Blige

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As long as Mary has her Mentos and two humidifiers, she’ll be “Just Fine.” Also, can we talk about how amazing she looks, always? Picks from Mary’s List:

  • 2 Packs of Mentos — fresh cinnamon only
  • 6 Bottles of Black Cherry Propel
  • 10 1.5 Liter bottles of FIJI water — water absolutely, positively must be FIJI!
  • 2 Humidifiers
  • 24 Napkins
  • A private toilet with a new toilet seat.


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When you travel as part of Cher’s entourage, you know there’s only one right answer to all of her demands, “I Got You, Babe.” And long as she has her wig room, she’s got this! Picks from Cher’s List:

  • 1 Bottle of fine red wine & 1 bottle of fine white wine (No Kendall Jackson)
  • 4 Cokes
  • 4 Diet Cokes
  • 1 Wig room
  • 1 TV with a VCR and cable hook up. Please make sure we can get the following channels: Turner Classic Movies or AMC.

Iggy Pop

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We all know Iggy Pop’s got “A Lust for Life.” Did you also know he’s got a hankering for “F***loads of good red wines”? Well, if you didn’t before, you do now! Pick’s from Iggy’s List:

  • 1 Bottle of vodka
  • F***loads of good red wines
  • 1 Bob Hope impersonator
  • 1 Copy of USA Today with a story about morbidly obese people in it
  • Cauliflower and/or broccoli cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage.

Van Halen

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As long as they have KY Jelly and the right kinds of booze, the band is ready to “Jump” in! Picks from Van Halen’s List:

  • 1 Large tube of KY jelly
  • Herring in sour cream
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • 2 Fifths Stolichnaya vodka
  • 3 Fifths Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey

One Direction

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We wonder if while on their individual tours as solo artists, these former bandmates still ask for four dressing rooms, just for old time’s sake. Picks from One Direction’s List:

  • 1 Large, glass-fronted drinks fridge
  • 1 Pinball machine
  • 1 Ping pong table — paddles and balls included
  • 1 Backstage room for personal training
  • Bathrooms must be stocked with a supply of soft toilet tissue and odorless air freshener.
  • One Direction demands 4 large dressing rooms, one of which MUST allow smoking. These private rooms must offer a “pleasant ambiance and wall-to-wall freshly cleaned and deodorized carpet.”

Meek Mill

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Meek Mill wants “All Eyes” on a very specific smorgasbord when he’s on the road. He’s not messin’ around with any hunger at all! Picks from Meek’s List:

  • 3 Types of pasta
  • Veal
  • Jerk chicken
  • Chinese stir-fry
  • Collard greens, red beans, and rice
  • 3 Bottles of Ace of Spades champagne
  • 5 Bottles of CÎROC

Mötley Crüe

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It’s well known that this band stopped drinking. So, to avoid temptation, they requested a map of the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous meeting locations, plus non-boozy entertainment to keep them distracted, including:

  • A jar of Grey Poupon mustard
  • A submachine gun
  • 1 12-foot-long boa constrictor

You know, just the essentials.

Marilyn Manson

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For someone who has such a daunting presence on stage, we’re a little surprised (maybe even disappointed?) by Marilyn’s rider. Couldn’t he have at least asked for gummy bears from hell or something? Picks from Marilyn’s List:

  • 1 Half gallon of 2% milk
  • 1 Bottle of Ketel One Vodka
  • 2 Containers of Danon blended yogurt
  • 1 Block of extra sharp cheddar cheese — served unopened and chilled
  • 1 Bag of Jolly Ranchers hard candies — green apple preferred
  • 2 Bags of Haribo Gummy Bears

Foo Fighters

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Who knew the Foo Fighters were such sticklers about their salad bars? While they had other stuff on their rider, nothing was as fascinating as the following description of their EXACT SALAD DEMANDS:

Make your own salad bar — fresh, organic vegetables and an array of all colors & flavors of salad dressing:

  • “Fresh? We mean non-sweaty, chilled, and bursting with flavor.
  • Organic? We mean the ability to charge us more because the migrant worker who was underpaid to pick these vegetables ACTUALLY used soap to wash their hands.
  • Colors? Like Sean Penn in a great ’80s movie, we’re talking about colors. Not grey, black, or yellow. Let’s get green, orange, and red.
  • Flavors? Well, this is where you can make or break it in Foo Fighters’ world. Flavor is what we’ll remember, and what will keep you out of the highlight reel of total shit meals we’ve had since Dave’s first tape.”


John Mayer

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If you don’t provide John Mayer with the Red Bull and four soft head toothbrushes he needs, he WILL take “The Last Train Home.” Also, what’s with the glue? Picks from John’s List:

  • 2 Tubes of original Krazy Glue
  • 4 Soft-headed toothbrushes
  • Various organic nuts
  • 1 Box of kids’ brand cereal (please choose from the following brands): Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, Cookie Crisp, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • 6 Cans of Red Bull

Pharrell Williams

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If you want to keep Pharrell “Happy” all you gotta do is be sure he’s stocked up on Goldfish and Nilla Wafers. And a few other things. Easy peasy. Picks from Pharrell’s List:

  • 1 Jar of crunchy white almond butter
  • 1 Box of Nilla Wafers
  • 1 Bag of Goldfish
  • 1 Full-length mirror
  • 1 Framed picture of Carl Sagan
  • 1 Liter of Patrón silver tequila

Amy Winehouse

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Well, this one makes us sad. but we’re going to add it in memory of Amy. RIP. Picks from Amy’s List:

  • A small selection of fresh fruit (mixed)
  • A selection of fresh meat and cheeses (pre-sliced)
  • 60 Still mineral waters
  • 1 Large bottle of vodka (Smirnoff or Żubrówka)
  • 1 Bottle of Courvoisier Cognac
  • 1 Case of lager (Corona or similar — No Stella! No Carling!)
  • 12 Cans of Coke

Selena Gomez

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How could “Ice Cream” not be at the top of Selena’s list? Picks from Selena’s List:

  • 1 Tea kettle with tea bags, honey, lemon, and Throat Coat Tea
  • 12 Bottles of Gatorade
  • 12 Cans of Diet Coke


  • 1 lb Fresh-sliced turkey breast
  • 1/2 lb Fresh-sliced Pepper Jack cheese & 1/2 lb fresh-sliced American cheese
  • 1 Whole ripe tomato, 1 whole ripe avocado, & 1 bag of washed leaf lettuce
  • Small jars of mustard and mayonnaise
  • 1 Loaf of whole wheat bread & 1 loaf of white bread (no Wonder Bread)

Steve Martin

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Steve Martin actually leaked his own rider on his website. It’s basically a one-act of comedy in and of itself! Picks from Steve’s List:

  • 1 Whole, roasted chicken for Steve to use as a dancing puppet
  • 1 Tablet of Lipitor, in gelcap or tablet form
  • 6 Packs of any canned beverage for Steve to compare his abs to
  • 12 Coconuts, hollowed out and split in two, for the musicians’ bras
  • 1 Tray of iceberg salad. IMPORTANT NOTE: Iceberg must come from Scandinavia, Canada, or the Russian Arctic. Artists DO NOT like the taste of Antarctic Icebergs.

Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart may be a stand-up comedian, but he isn’t joking around about his “skirted tables!” Picks from Kevin’s List:

  • 1 Glass, single-door fridge
  • 1 55″ or larger TV with remote, either on a stand or 6′ skirted table
  • 3 8′ Tables, skirted
  • 3 Couches & 3 coffee tables
  • 4 End tables

Hopefully, his dressing rooms are big enough to fit all that furniture!


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Prince already had plenty of “Little Red Corvettes” and “Raspberry Berets.” What he didn’t have was enough tea. Picks from Prince’s List:

  • A coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, and fresh ginger root.
  • 1 Box of Yogi cocoa spice tea
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings herbal tea sampler box
  • 2 Scented candles (spices, jasmine, lavender)
  • A doctor MUST be available at every show date by 6:00 pm.

Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan’s answers may be “Blowin’ in the Wind,” but his backstage needs were intact right there on his rider. We’re not exactly surprised by how down-to-earth his requests were. Picks from Bob’s List:

  • 1 Full-length mirror
  • 12 Clean towels
  • Bar soap
  • Star dressing room should be clean, carpeted, lit with incandescent lighting, and furnished with comfortable seating for 4 persons. Toilet facilities should have both hot and cold running water.

We’re glad he asks for running water instead of “Buckets of Rain!”

Jonas Brothers

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You’d think the Jonas Brothers would ask for at least one “Sucker” or some “Pom Poms,” yet their demands seem pretty tame compared to a lot of the divas on this list. Picks from the Jonas Brothers’ List:

  • 4 Packs of low-fat string cheese
  • 6 Tetra Pak coconut waters
  • 28 Black towels
  • 1 Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 Case of Coors Light
  • Joe Jonas has requested 12 puppies be in his dressing room for every concert. (Apparently, this demand has gone unfulfilled several times.)

Rita Ora

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Rita Ora’s backstage “Ritual” begins with making these demands! Picks from Rita’s List:

  • Green & Black’s chocolate
  • Ripe bananas
  • Nando’s hot sauce
  • Chicken sandwiches

Barbra Streisand

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Barbra Streisand’s “Happy Days are Here Again” when her safety is made THE top priority at all of her concerts! Barbra’s security requirements:

  • Tour venues must have metal detectors at all entrance doors, including all backstage and employee entrances. Metal detectors must be actively manned throughout the entirety of show day and performance.
  • Prior to the soundcheck, there will need to be a thorough inspection of the facility by a police K-9.


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Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” and neither does her backstage rider! She will not allow the sight of bricks or lockers, period! Picks from Shakira’s List:

  • A fruit basket consisting of 6 bananas, 3 peaches, 3 mangos, and 3 Hawaiian papayas.
  • Artist’s VIP & family room must be kept clean and at a comfortable temperature of 72 degrees at all times. This room should be carpeted and the walls draped to cover lockers and/or bricks.
  • NOTE: Please be aware that all drinks in all rooms need to be iced down. We will use approximately 200 kilos of ice per show day.

In case you were wondering, 200 kilos of ice is roughly 440 pounds!!

Lil Wayne

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Surprisingly, Lil Wayne doesn’t request a single “Lollipop” on tour. He does however ask for various security measures. Picks from Lil Wayne’s List:

  • A private jet.
  • Artist shall receive a police escort of two police vehicles/motorcycles to and from the airport, hotel to venue, and venue to hotel.
  • Artist shall receive four off-duty police officers to escort him from the hotel to the venue, and back from the venue to the hotel. THIS IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT!
  • For international tour dates: Venue must provide four 24-hour armed security guards for the duration of the artist’s stay.


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We guess when you’re busy shaking someone “All Night Long,” like AC/DC, you need to have some oxygen on hand and ready to go. Picks from AC/DC’s List:

  • 1 Case of bottled Heineken (Note: no beer in the dressing room prior to the show. Please stock beer in the dressing room 15 minutes after AC/DC goes on stage.)
  • A small selection of imported cheese and crackers (English cheeses and water crackers preferred).
  • OXYGEN requirements: Please provide 3 oxygen tanks with 3 masks, available at the venue at load-in.

Billy Joel

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Billy Joel’s rider was the longest we’ve seen. It’s NINE pages long! Being “In a New York State of Mind” must conjure up a big appetite and a very specific need for living room furniture wherever you go. Here are just a couple of picks from Billy Joel’s List:

  • 1 6′ Table dressed with a white linen tablecloth
  • 1 Couch
  • 1 Coffee table & 2 end tables
  • 2 Easy chairs (NOT RECLINERS!)
  • 1 Full-length mirror
  • 2 Floor lamps for indirect lighting
  • 1 Large trash can & 1 office-sized trash can

Johnny Cash

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We LOVE that Johnny Cash made it clear that he would rather act than play music in the latter part of his career. He was certainly a man of many talents, and if “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” you might as well be doing what you love! Picks from Johnny’s List:

  • Leader maintains the right to cancel his engagement in the event his services are required for a motion picture, TV special, TV series, or legitimate stage play which might conflict with said date of engagement upon thirty (30) days written notice to Purchaser.
  • An American Flag (size 3′ by 5′) on a pole stand is required on stage in full view of the audience throughout the duration of the show.
  • Mr. Cash’s dressing room must have a table and chairs, a clothes rack, running water (both hot & cold), a toilet, paper towels, soap, and a mirror (preferably full-length).

Stevie Nicks

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Stevie Nicks’ list of backstage demands proves that if you want to “Go Your Own Way” you’re gonna need a LOT of beverages for the trip. Picks from Stevie’s List:

  • 1 Case of Corona
  • 12 Bottles of Heineken
  • 1 Case of Budweiser
  • 1 Half-pound of white pistachios
  • 12 Cans of ginger ale
  • 12 Cans of Coca-Cola
  • 1 Half-gallon of cranberry juice

Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston admitted, “I Have Nothing” if she didn’t have her armored vehicles. (We love you, Whitney! RIP.) Picks from Whitney’s List:

Surface Transportation:

  • 1 Coach for the band, and/or two 15-passenger vans
  • 2 Minibuses, and/or two 15-passenger vans for the crew
  • 4 Mercedes Benzes (S-Class 600 series) or 4 BMW 740s

All of the above vehicles must be armored.

Barenaked Ladies

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Barenaked Ladies’ list of demands keeps it simple: no more chicken breasts or vegetarian lasagna! According to BNL and their crew, they’re very open-minded, yet health-conscious about their diets, and like to keep things original. Food suggestions from BNL’s List:

  • Turkey dinner? Sure!
  • Thai or Indian? Absolutely!!
  • Japanese? You bet!!!
  • Meatloaf? Great!!!!
  • Ham and scalloped potatoes? Yum!!!!!

We just enjoy variation, so please don’t offer us chicken breasts and vegetarian lasagna again!

Fiona Apple

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Fiona Apple may “Sleep to Dream” but she comes to the venue to be heard, and expects a catered meal for 14 people while on tour, please and thank you. Picks from Fiona’s List:

  • 1 Bowl of mixed nuts
  • 4 Red Fuji apples
  • 4 Bottles of Snapple yellow lemonade
  • 4 Large bottles of non-carbonated spring water
  • 1 Hot, catered meal serving 14 people. Meal should include an entree, 2 vegetables, green salad, bread/rolls, and dessert.


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